Nope No Absolutely terrible.Awful nail scraping on a chalkboard smoothness in the writing, characters flat than a sheet of paper, plot designed by a teenager in the middle of a hormonal crisis. I let out a laugh that sounded like the yip of a startled poodle Super powers I wish My powers aren t winning me a slot on the Cartoon Network anytime soon except as a comic relief Ghost Whisperer Junior Or Ghost Screamer, like it Tune in, every week, as Chloe Saunders runs screaming from yet another ghost looking for her help I d read Kelley Armstrong s Darkest Powers Series about 5 years ago and wanted to go back and see if it still resonated The Summoning is the first book in the series and it follows the awakening of 15 year old Chloe Saunders powers The story highlights how a teenager with powers could be seen as mentally unstable by the outside world and the plot proceeds accordingly The book is well written and there s a fair bit of action, but it seemed very much an introductory book with not much resolved at the end and a huge cliffhanger Still, it establishes Chloe s powers of necromancy as well as her friendships and provides a solid basis for the rest of the series Didn t love it this time, but I still think it s solid 3.5 stars. My Name Is Chloe Saunders And My Life Will Never Be The Same AgainAll I Wanted Was To Make Friends, Meet Boys, And Keep On Being Ordinary I Don T Even Know What That Means Any It All Started On The Day That I Saw My First Ghost And The Ghost Saw MeNow There Are Ghosts Everywhere And They Won T Leave Me Alone To Top It All Off, I Somehow Got Myself Locked Up In Lyle House, A Special Home For Troubled Teens Yet The Home Isn T What It Seems Don T Tell Anyone, But I Think There Might Be To My Housemates Than Meets The Eye The Question Is, Whose Side Are They On It S Up To Me To Figure Out The Dangerous Secrets Behind Lyle House Before Its Skeletons Come Back To Haunt Me Reading this book made me clench my jaw so much it s still hurting several hours later Although the story is not a standalone, it really left me with a bone chilling feeling and I truly can t wait for the next book in the series.Chloe s a young girl struggling with her new found power, Lyle House and her housemates, the setting itself is filled with teenage hormones and jealousy It s filled with mysteries and no one seems to be what they appear,this is especially true for her housemates We join Chloe as she uncovers the secrets of Lyle House as well as a few secrets belonging to her housemates I read this book in one sitting because it sucked me in and left me whimpering for at the end It really is an amazing book and I truly recommend it, especially if you re read books such as Tithe by Holly Black, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Vampire Academy by Rachelle Mead or Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr It may also appeal to readers who ve enjoyed the Twilight series although this book is a bit tougher and probably not suited for younger readers Although that s a decision the parent s have to make I guess It will most likely also appears to fan of horror, even if the horror element is less in your face in The Summoning than it is in No Humans Involved. I need to get my hands on the sequel The ending has left me wanting I think I m one of the last people to read this I ve heard nothing but how good this novel is, and that I must read it ASAP When I received a copy of The Awakening, the next novel, I knew that I needed to read The Summoning, right away I m almost glad I waited to read it, so I could start The Awakening right away What an ending This book is everything I was hoping for and I ve never read Armstrong before, I really want to read her adult fantasy series, but I just haven t had a chance and when I heard she was doing a YA series, I just knew that I HAD to read it This was a very good first in a series The characters and the plot line were introduced impressively, I didn t ever feel like the story was inadequate through getting to know the characters I love the whole story line of teens thrown in the house that have these extraordinary powers that most aren t even aware of The writing was marvelous, the dialogue spiritedno pun intended The characters were also fascinating Chloe and Derek were by far my favorite And I m hoping to see of these two in future especially Derek This novel has a little bit of everything, action, adventure, fantasy, suspense It was my type of book A very surprising cliffhanger ending Glad I ve got the next one right here. As seen on The Readventurer The Summoning is the first YA novel written by Kelley Armstrong It tells a story of Chloe, a 15 year old girl who suddenly finds herself capable of seeing ghosts Only, of course, nobody believes her and she is quickly sent to a boarding house for disturbed kids for psychological evaluation It turns out however, that the house and its inhabitants are not quite what they seem to be.While this book was definitely a page turner, I was a little disappointed in it I felt that the narration dragged quite a bit in the middle of this novel and the build up to the climax of the story was too long with almost no payoff This book definitely read as a part of a trilogy it had a lot of loose ends and didn t really attempt to give a closure, even a temporary one I will continue reading this series because I am rather curious to see where the story goes and how the characters develop, but looking back, this is a type of book which is better to read once all parts of the series are out. SURPRISINGLY GOOD So I bought this book last year at a summer book fair, I was not expecting to like it cus me and Kelley weren t friends after reading Bitten, which I felt was mediocre at best but this book came as a surprise First I was all like typical teenage stuff, girl complaining about life, afraid to ask boy to the dance typical stuff Until this girl starts to see things that no one else can and then it became all kinds of interesting.Chloe Saunders is having some weird dreams about basements and ghosts, with no idea where they are coming from she easily forgets it Until she gets her period and then all hells breaks loose Yeh I know its sounds crazy right, but its true With this new walk into womanhood comes ghost, and this one s face is all burnt up and Chloe is two seconds away from losing it A run in with a teacher, who claims Chloe became violent, leads her to being incarcerated at some group home like place called Lyle House That is when all that Chloe knows no longer exists, she is about to enter into a world she never thought possible and find friends in this unlikely place.Well something is up, the kids in this house don t seem quite normal especially the huge boy with the acne face who gives Chloe the creeps Derek is a brooder but he seems to know a lot than he is letting on him and his brother A talk with the house doctor claims Chloe has schizophrenia, and that seems impossible because she still is seeing ghosts Well going along with their diagnosis seems to be the better thing to do, the quicker she can leave.Well there is something fishy up with Lyle House and the people who run it, all the kids seem to have some kind of power and some are turning up dead A quick plan for an escape comes up and thus begins the beginning of their lives Chloe will come to learn she is a necromancer can raise the dead and a powerful one, there is a company hell bent on harvesting supernatural s and if they seem defective they are terminated Life aint easy for this 15 year old.This book was a prime example of pill pushing, your kid seems to be acting out of character, so that means they have a mental illness How about you try talking, that works where I come from Plus this book characters are so well developed it just blew my mind, they seem adult yet they manage to still come off as teenagers, very realistic It s also creepy, all that raising the dead was well done.The character of Chloe is likable Lets talk about Derek, cus I love him He is described as being ugly and scary but the way he is super sexy Yeh I know its YA, but he is still sexy, the other characters create a good foundation for a very solid read As I said I was surprised that it was sooooo good, and I will be continuing the series. I thought this book was pretty good I thought the blurb sounded good when it mentioned Chloe seeing ghosts I mean the first ghost she saw as a child would have freaked me clean out Later on Chloe is 15 and in high school She has a breakdown at school, or so they think, really she just saw a ghost that keeps melting his skin and looking all creepy But this book is not what it seems at all Poor Chloe finally gets sent to the Lyle House for special kids She has no idea No one would say what was wrong with me They had me talk to a bunch of doctors and they ran some tests, and I could tell they had a good idea what was wrong and just wouldn t say it That meant it was bad This wasn t the first time I d seen people who weren t really there That s what Aunt Lauren had wanted to talk to me about after school When I d mentioned the dream, she d remembered how I used to talk about people in our old basement My parents figured it was my creative version of make believe friends, inventing a whole cast of characters Then those friends started terrifying me, so much that we d moved.There are a small cast of characters at the Lyle House Derek, Simon, Tori, Rae, etc Some of them have abilities like Chloe and some of them finally inform her of what she truly is and that they the supernaturals are in danger If your looking for a young adult, somewhat creepy book then you should pick this one up I m holding myself back from spoilers And I really want to continue on with the series to see what happens with these special kids There are bad people out there that want to do them harm MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List This book was nearly impossible to put down and I have no doubt that the menacing allure of the setting and plot hindered my ability to do so There were several compelling plot points going on in this chilling tome, but somehow they not only found a way to co exist, they actually enhanced one another The idea of necromancers alone was an eerily intriguing concept but to then confound it with a mental institution setting was sheer sinister brilliance As if it weren t creepy enough for the heroine to see ghosts, she is then locked up in a home for mentaly disturbed teens That is evil genius on the author s part, and I ate it up I had so many conflicting emotions while reading this book, though suspicion and fear ruled often than not Yet despite my constant suspicion of nearly everyone, I was still floored by the twist I knew that Rae s idea was unwise, but I had no idea how unwise To this I say, Well played Kelley Armstrong And speaking of being played, I feel as though I should be angry that I find myself lusting after a character with an obvious attitude problem who has been plagued with a puberty smack down Nevertheless, Derek shines and I am looking forward to of his keen observations and snide remarks.In summary, The Summoning is a freakishly entrancing read with a brilliant plot, menacing setting, and intriguing character I m excited to see how it all ends.